By Matthew Herrera
When deciding to straighten your teeth it is best to first consult an orthodontist, as there are many factors which determine whether Invisalign or traditional braces might be the best option for you. Occasionally a case may be too severe for Invisalign to correct and traditional braces may be the best or only option. If, however, you do have the option to go either route, there are several things you should consider before choosing one over the other.
First of all, the price varies between the two depending on individual orthodontist rates, the severity of the case and how long a patient must wear them. While Invisalign tend to be more costly, most locations offer payment plans to make either type of braces as affordable as possible.
Invisalign are clear plastic braces that slide onto your teeth whereas traditional braces are fixed to your teeth with brackets, metal wire, and elastic bands. This being the case, you should next decide whether or not the visibility of the braces is an issue for you. While Invisalign are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, there are some cases where the traditional braces can be put on the inside of the teeth.
Then you should determine how important it is to you whether you are able to remove the braces if need be, whether for eating or brushing your teeth, etc., because this is not an option with traditional braces. While it is an option with Invisalign, there is the chance of forgetting to put them back on after removing them and the success of Invisalign completely depends on whether or not the patient wears them the recommended amount of time. Ontario orthodontist, Carlo Biasucci, DDS of Northern Dental Care in Sault Ste. Marie, also notes that “you are more likely to break an attachment or the aligner itself” with repeated removal of Invisalign.
Next you should determine how quickly you would like to have straight teeth. Amount of crowding in a patient’s mouth and rotated teeth can lead to a longer treatment time no matter the type of braces. That being said, traditional braces often work much faster than Invisalign due to the larger level of control the orthodontist has over the teeth. Invisalign trays are constantly being removed and replaced and therefore tend to take a bit longer to straighten teeth.
With advances in Invisalign, both types of braces are now able to achieve mostly the same results with varying degrees of difficulty. And with both types of braces, the patient is required to wear a retainer during the night to prevent teeth from further shifting, even after treatment is complete. Invisalign patients are able to wear the same type of tray they used during treatment as a retainer.
While there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of braces, Invisalign may be a better option for those concerned with the aesthetic appeal of braces, while traditional braces may be the best option for those looking for a shorter treatment period.